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Varanasi, Dec 15 – Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 74th death anniversary and recalled his contribution in shaping the new India.

On the second day of his visit to Varanasi, the CM offered floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, situated in Maldahiya. Remembering his contribution to the country, he said that the Iron Man was a great freedom fighter and his contribution to independent India has been as the architect of New India.

Yogi recalled Patel’s role in bringing together and merging more than 563 princely states with India after independence. “The India we see today is the India of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dreams. Therefore, the entire nation pays tribute to Iron Man, the architect of India’s integrity.”

He said, “Keeping in mind the values and ideals of Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the MP from Kashi and the Prime Minister of the country inaugurated the world’s biggest statue on the banks of the Narmada River in Gujarat, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Presently, it has become a pilgrimage site. The values and ideals of Sardar Patel inspire us all with a new motivation.”